Voluntary assisted dying: the expanded role of psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand

Cheung, Gary and Frey, Rosemary and Young, Jessica and Hoeh, Nicholas and Carey, Melissa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2392-173X and Vara, Alisha and Menkes, David B. (2022) Voluntary assisted dying: the expanded role of psychiatrists in Australia and New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 56 (4). pp. 319-322. ISSN 0004-8674


In November 2021, New Zealand joined the Australian states of Victoria and Western Australia in making voluntary assisted dying (VAD) legally available. Three other Australian states, Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia, also passed VAD legislation in 2021 (Table 1). VAD legislation in each jurisdiction provides a medico-legal framework, including assessment by two independent medical practitioners, to enable people experiencing unbearable suffering from a terminal illness to access medical assistance to end their lives. VAD marks a significant societal change as it becomes an option in end-of-life care, resulting in legal, ethical and clinical ripples and transforming the landscape of medical and psychosocial care of terminally ill patients.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery (1 Jan 2015 - )
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2022 08:05
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2022 08:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: voluntary assisted dying
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420504 Mental health nursing
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420316 Palliative care
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5299 Other psychology > 529999 Other psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200309 Palliative care
20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200502 Health related to ageing
20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200299 Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/00048674221081419
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/47507

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